Ken Smith notes: "Mel" is a hot-rodder who quickly conforms when he discovers the Santa Ana drag strip and the Lake El Mirage timing trials. These provide a "safe and constructive outlet," the narrator tells us, and help mitigate the "juvenile nuisance problem." "Trophies now instead of traffic tickets! He'll never speed on the highway again!" Real life wasn't really this simple....
Good shots of homemade hot rods and seat belts.
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Subject: A fun look back
Subject: Good for 1952
Subject: The old days of hot rodding brought to life
There are a few minor life lessons as well: realizing two heads are better than one, comraderie will take you farther than lone wolfing it, and why spend money on a girlfriend when you can work on your car (just joking).
Subject: Racing Down the Road to Nowhere
By the end of the film, MelÃÂs won a trophy and Thera is nowhere to be found. And no wonder. MelÃÂs traded in his snappy convertible for a souped-up heap and is spending all his time tinkering with his car and hanging around with his new friend Dave. WhatÃÂs in it for Thera? Nothing. LetÃÂs hope she went out and bought her own convertible. Maybe that traffic cop we saw in the beginning of the film will pull her over. HeÃÂs a better prospect for her than Mel.
Subject: 2 Fast 2 Flakey
Subject: Street racing comes full-circle.